In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects - part of a group of privileged boarding-school students - confessed and was convicted.
But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried... as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head.
Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, The Absent One delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.
©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Audio
The story was very original and dark. There was no formula.
Yes. By being different than the typical crime novel in making the despicable protagonist a sympathetic character
The first book was narrated by a guy with an accent from the area where the story takes place. This narrator was doing some sort of bad Eliza Doolittle impression. If a book is based in another country, the narrator should be striving to put us in that country. This narrator put us in 19th century London.
Not so much.
I like this author a lot. I like these characters a lot.
Slightly depressing story. Ok characters. Solid writing.
The narrator was good, except perhaps some of the female characters. However, an English narrator with occasional Scotch accents felt all wrong for this Scandinavian thriller.
I listened to the first of the series and found it tedious because the of the ponderous reader. Was glad I gave the second book a try because Adler-Olsen is good writer and it only needed a good reader to bring it to life.
The narrator, Steven Pacey was absolutely horrible! He took a great book about a rather dark set of characters and an even darker plot line and made it whimsical and goofy. His voice has that very old annoying enunciation and quality of the characters in old Disney movies like Mary Poppins and Chity-Chity-Bang-Bang! Had I not previously listened to The Keeper of The Lost Cause narrated by Erik Davies – and awesomely and wonderfully dark rendition – I would’ve never finished listening.
I’ll listen to book three but I’ll absolutely pass on book four when it’s available in the US.
Even the best of books can be undone by one ridiculously miscast reader.
When I no longer had to listen to the voice of Steven Pacey!!!!
The scenes related to the Private Detective.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Set in Copenhagen, this is another in the great series by Adler Olsen. I read the series slightly out of order and although it was not that bothersome, I would recommend that you do read in order they were written. This was the second of 4 books, with the latest just released a few weeks prior to this review. I purchased the new one but have yet to listen to it. Detective Carl Mork is once again working the cold cases and has new cast of evil characters to contend with. Unlike most detective novels you know who committed the crimes from the beginning, the story is more about finding the evidence to arrest the bad guys.
I read some negative reviews based on narrator, but had no problems with him. The first three books each have a new narrator, but unless you listen to them back-to-back you probably won't notice. Although like many others I prefer a single narrator for a series. The third and fourth book do share a common one, however.
If you like this you will like the Jon Nesbo series and of course girl with dragon tattoo series.
I found this book to be very entertaining from several aspects. First, it is a really good thriller as well as a good detective book. Second, it provides some insight into the Danish/Swedish culture. Though not the same quality, this book does have similarities to the books by Stieg Larson. Book does provide some sense of humor.
The story about the abuse, mental anguish and then revenge is very human as well as very touching. There are not many innocent characters in this book, even the victim are not all that innocent which makes this book very interesting.
Steven Pacey is one of my favorite narrators and he did an excellent job here as well.
I would recommend this book, and I can’t wait for the next book to arrive on audible.
3.5 stars. Awh, my high from book one in this series has come down. There was no mystery in this one. You knew the culprits from the beginning so it was more a revenge story but just ok not great at all. Looking at reviews from the country of origin this book stumbles but book three picks it all back up so I will definitely try when it's released in the states. It's not bad at all just a let down after reading the near flawless first book.
One of the best of the wonderful Scandinavian authors to be revealed because of the Millenium Trilogy. One of the very best I've listened to overall.
This book takes off from the very first page. Detective Carl Merck and his Department Q deal with cold cases, nothing new these days, but their uniqueness and complicated lives take readers on an enticing and can't put the book down ride.
Jussi AdlerOlsen's first book The Keeper of Lost Causes available on Audible which this book is a Department Q follow up is a must read too. Cannot wait until the next two books in this series are available.
Jussi Adler-Olsen has another great book about Department Q, the ugly stepchild of the Copenhagen PD and the surprising results they get on old, cold cases. Carl Mørck and his two odd helpers will not be deterred in their investigations, regardless of the obstacles thrown at them. What a ride. This is book 2 and they should be read in order but I didn't get them that way. That's OK. You can weave the odd bits of the personal histories as you go. The cases are independent in each book. They are hard, edgy, dark stories well presented and not for the squeamish.
Love the characters and the relationships. Jussi Adler-Olsen's last book was equally fine, perhaps even better, but it was little darker than this one. I just wish that when they do these English version audiobooks for a series that they make them all available in English at the same time. In any event, reading this series has made me a fan of the Department Q.
Carl Morck's dark humar, his relationship with the janitor (the assistant detective), and the advent of Rose, the secretary, whose sharp comments add spice to the Department Q.
This one has a bit more humor. I think the addition of the secretary Rose adds that extra.
Carl's relationship with his disabled former colleague. As the book evolves the guy gets more desperate. How Carl handles the situation is particularly moving.
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